Avoiding The VFAT Patent

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 18, 2009.

  1. Some IBM folks have proposed a Linux kernel patch to optionally remove the
    ability to create files with long names on VFAT volumes. This is presumably
    to get around Microsoft's patent, with which it sued TomTom.

    However, the people proposing the patch haven't exactly been forthcoming
    about explaining why the patch is necessary, or how it fixes the problem.
    Could they be doing this on legal advice? In any case, the result is that
    the patch is being less than warmly received by the Linux kernel community.

    <http://lwn.net/Articles/331615/>
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 18, 2009
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